The Scarlet Letter
Ideas & Resources

It's not always easy to come up with ideas for what to write about. This page offers some specific topics that your story might cover. This list is certainly not is here simply to provoke inspiration. If you would like to ask the Editor about more ideas or to see if your story is appropriate for The Scarlet Letter, just send an email. Also, be sure to check out the theme for the next issue. When you are ready to send something in, be sure to look over our submission guidelines.

Here is a list of topic possibilities:

Original or reinterpreted ritual (commentary on performance is an extra bonus)

Updates and overviews of Lodge classes, events, fundraisers, and other ongoing projects

Poems or songs

Scholarly research on Crowley, a Gnostic Saint, or other historical figure within O.T.O./E.G.C./G.D. etc.

Officer reports on Lodge projects, improvements, events, etc.

Humor or satire

Observations and ideas about magick, religion, or spiritual systems

Experiences or knowledge about spiritual technologies (i.e. tarot, astrology, yoga, Qabalah, goetia, enochian magick, etc.)

Opinions regarding society, history, or politics (e.g. feminism, child-rearing, civil rights, etc.) from a Thelemic point of view

Original fiction or plays (these can be serialized if very long)

Personal stories or editorials regarding experiences within the Lodge, being a Lodge member, or being a Thelemite in general

Observations and ideas about the Gnostic Mass, Gnosticism, or the Gnostic Catholic Church

Meditations, prayers, or mantras (reprinted, interpreted, or original)

Trivia (e.g. interesting quotes, odd facts about Crowley, etc.)

Stories about personal experiences (travels, unusual events, etc.)

Reprints of Thelemic/O.T.O./E.G.C. documents (esp. those at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin)

Reports on science, technology, psychology, etc, from a Thelemic point-of-view

Observations and ideas about godforms from various pantheons

Myths or fables (reprinted, interpreted, or original)

Sex (or anything else) and it’s role in magick and/or Thelema

Quick Ideas

Here is a list of ideas to spark your imagination when you're feeling stuck. Feel free to stick to the ideas presented here or to use them as a jumping-off point.

Meditate on a card from the Tarot and write a poem, observation, vision, theory, etc.

Write a short piece describing how the Order/Thelema/Lodge affected change in your life

How did you come to the Order/Thelema/Lodge?

Pick a spiritual practice you use or are interested in and tell us about your experience with it

Tell us about a project you’ve been attending or running in the Lodge or elsewhere

Write a short poem as an allegory for an initiatory experience, magical rite, or other aspect of the Order

Have you done anything to help improve the Lodge or Temple? Tell us about it, even if you think it’s unimportant or small

Write about an adventure you’ve had at an O.T.O./Thelemic event, such as IPJ, Fall Theatre, or NOTOCON

Find a rare or unpublished document by Crowley or other interesting individual


You can review the Scarlet Letter departments here.

Here are some very useful sites for research, writing technique, materials on Aleister Crowley, facts & figures, mythology, sacred texts, and more...

U.S. Grand Lodge
Tons of useful information about the O.T.O.

The Hermetic Library
Most of Crowley’s libers, plus sites for Sabazius X° and Dionysos Thriambos, and more. A great site!

Twilit Grotto
A great site with works by esoteric writers, including Dr. John Dee, Bruno, Agrippa, Wescott, and many others.

O.T.O. Photos and Documents
Yeah, it’s Koenig, but he has some great stuff on this page.

Too grand to describe: encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, many digital books, Gray’s Anatomy, World Factbook, famous quotations, and more!

The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible
A must-have reference. Now includes the Quran, too!

Sacred Texts
Just like it sounds…an astounding collection of holy books (including many of our own).

A huge open-source encyclopedia.

Strunk’s Elements of Style
This is on the Bartleby site, but it’s important enough to call out. An invaluable resource for writers.

Facts, facts, and more facts.

Maps and facts for every country in the world.

The U.S. Library of Congress

U.S. Copyright Information

InfoPlease Almanac
Business, Health, Culture, Arts, History, Government, and on and on.

A Celebration of Women Writers
A collection of works from women from every country and culture going back to 3000BCE.

Bulfinch’s Mythology
A valuable text on Greek and Roman myths & legends of the Middle Ages.

Folklore & Mythology
A gigantic catalog of classic myths, fables, and other stories from around the world.

Project Gutenburg
Huge catalog of classic books in the public domain…over 10,000 works, highly searchable.

The Internet Classics Archive
Online works by classic Greek writers, such as Homer, Apollonius, Aristotle, Plato, and Euclid. There are a few other authors, too, such as Confucius, Lao-tzu, Sun Tzu, and Omar Khayyam.

Knowledgerush Book Directory
Another large catalog of classic works, but with great summations and commentary.

Works from the Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th C. periods.

Templars on
Lots of links to resources about the Knights Templar.